Fudō Myōō (Achala-vidyārāja)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 224

Fudō Myōō is the most widely represented of the Buddhist deities known as Myōō, or Kings of Brightness. A fierce protector of the Buddhist Law, he is a wrathful emanation of the Buddha Dainichi Nyorai, the principal Buddha of Esoteric Buddhism. Fudō uses his sword to cut through ignorance and his lasso to rein in evil forces. This statue was formerly worshipped at Kuhonji, twenty miles northwest of Kyoto, where it was the central icon of the temple’s Goma Hall, in which fire is used to ritually destroy suffering and negative forces.

On view for all rotations

Fudō Myōō (Achala-vidyārāja), Wood with lacquer, gold leaf, and color; joined-woodblock construction (yosegi-zukuri), Japan

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